Rochford 31-24 Southend Saxons
ROCHFORD booked an Essex Senior Cup final date with Thurrock after seeing off Southend Saxons in a hard-fought encounter at Magnolia Road.
The home side – who went into the game as cup favourites – lead 2412 at the break and despite a spirited performance from Southend, the host’s held their nerve to progress.
The Saxons form has been a little inconstant of late. But despite this particular setback, Director of Rigby, Josh Ward, was satisfied with his sides toil.
“It’s never nice to lose, we came here to compete, to test ourselves against a very good side and we stepped up,” Ward explained.
“Our boys showed incredible heart and character, we’re immensely proud of the group today. There were a lot of young guys out there today who really stepped up and delivered, Greg Warner was outstanding with Matthew Wagstaff and Tom Ashton leading superbly.”
Ward added: “The first half was cagey, it was a battle for field position and a few unforced errors resulted in points, but the boys dug and put their bodies on the line throughout.
“We visited their twenty-two and failed to leave with points on a few occasions which we need to improve upon but on the whole, it’s a huge step forward for us.”
Southend Saxons: Liam Bass, Nik Grier, Tom Reeman, Owen Gemmell, Andrew McClintock, Dan Read, Connor Cooper, Matthew Wagstaff, Rory Inwood, Tom Ramsey, Alfie Justice, Tom Ashton, Mitch Bennett, Greg Warner, Ross O’Brien
Southend Saxons Reserves: James Shiels, Dan Forster-Knight, Gami Moyo, Dan Buckely, Harry Branch, Connor Andrews